In this paper, a discrete model of an extensible string in three-dimensional space is presented. The model contains the bending and twisting of a string, and becomes the special Cosserat string in the continuous limit. We also present a new method of analyzing a string in space by the soliton theory, which can reduce the basic equations to a simpler tractable form. Some exact solutions are obtained by the soliton theory. The discrete basic equations are also shown to be suitable for numerical simulations of string dynamics.

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